Rains throughout the day bring respite from humidity
NEW DELHI: Residents in the national Capital woke up to a rainy morning on Friday, bringing much needed respite from the sweltering heat.
Moderate to heavy rains were seen in many parts of the city, bringing the temperature down to 26.5° Celsius.
Humidity level in the city was recorded at 78 per cent early in the day. According to the Meteorological Department, the Aya Nagar Observatory recorded 3 mm rainfall while the Safdarjung Observatory recorded 2 mm.
The MeT department also predicted heavy and isolated rainfall on Saturday in Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. Rains are likely to occur on Sunday as well.
By Friday evening, continuous rain throughout the Capital led to chaotic traffic.
Sudden rains also caused traffic jams in some parts of the Capital, including Moti Bagh, Laxmi Nagar, Samaypur Badli, and ITO, among others parts of New Delhi.
Water-logging was also seen at several places, compounding the traffic congestion.
Heavy traffic snarls were seen in the carriageway from Batra towards Tigri, due to water-logging.
To make matters worse, some Delhi Transport Corporation buses broke down on the roads, obstructing the carriageway from Kalindi Kunj towards Noida near Yamuna Bridge.
The proactive Twitter handle of Delhi Police was busy informing commuters about the roads to avoid and the roads to choose, depending on traffic congestion.
In the early hours, heavy traffic was seen near Brar Square to Dhaula Kuan and cops advised motorists to avoid the stretch.
A big tree fell down at Madhav Rao Scindia Marg near Kerela House, completely blocking the road, affecting the traffic at the stretch.
Some motorists also took to Twitter to find ways to get out of congested roads. One such commuter Anish reported about the congestion outside Rose Garden-IIT, coming from Munirka to Chirag Delhi.
Another Twitter user Amit Gupta said: "Have been struck at Shahpur Jat to Siri Fort Auditorium for 30 minutes."